Roberto Maria Dainotto

Roberto Maria Dainotto

Professor of Romance Studies

External address: 
217A Language Center, Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708-0257
Office Hours: 
TH 3:00-4:30pm, or by appointment

Modern and contemporary Italian culture. Publications include Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities (Cornell UP, 2000); Europe (in Theory) (Duke UP, 2007); The Mafia: A Cultural History (Reaction Books, 2015);  and the edited volume Racconti Americani del ‘900 (Einaudi, 1999). Work in progress: a monograph on Antonio Labriola.


  • Ph.D., New York University 1995
  • M.A., New York University 1990

Dainotto, R. M. Europe (in Theory). Duke University Press, 2007.

Dainotto, R. M. Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000.

Dainotto, R. M. Racconti americani del novecento. Milano: Einaudi Scuola, 1999.

Dainotto, R., and Edna Goldstaub. Portrait of the Artist as a Blind Martyr. Edited by The Museum of Israeli Art and Ramat Gan, 1994.

Dainotto, Roberto M. “Before and After the Rise.” Novel 51, no. 1 (May 1, 2018): 121–26. Full Text

Dainotto, R. M. “Introduction.” Italian Culture 35, no. 2 (September 1, 2017): 73–81. Full Text

Dainotto, R. “Repblica de las Letras. Que es laliteratura europea?,” 2013, 37–16.

Dainotto, R. “The Politics of the Event (Beginning)/Политика события (начало).” Личность Культура Общество XIV.1 (2012): 57–108.

Dainotto, R. “Fredric Jameson: Postmodernit e Cultural Studi.” Moderna XIV (2012): 141–52.

Dainotto, R. “World Literature and European Literature.” Edited by Theo D. haen, David Damrosch, and Djelal Kadir, 2012, 425–34.

Dainotto, R. “Translating Laws: Montesquieu and the South.” Edited by Federico Italiano and Michael R. ssner, 2012, 187–202.

Dainotto, R. “The Politics of the Event (Beginning)/Политика события (начало).” Личность Культура Общество XIV.1, no. 69–70 (2012): 57–108.

Dainotto, R. M. “With plato in Italy: The value of literary fiction in napoleonic Italy.” Modern Language Quarterly 72, no. 3 (September 1, 2011): 399–418. Full Text


Dainotto, R. M. “The Jewish risorgimento and the questione Romana.” In Italian Jewish Experience, edited by T. P. DiNapoli, 107–15. FORUM ITALICUM, 2000.